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Irvington Legacy Project

       The Irvington Legacy Project is an annual initiative of the Irvington Community Council.  This project will be the beneficiary of funds generated by the Council sponsored events, including The 72nd Annual Historic Irvington Halloween Festival.  Each calendar year, we select a neighborhood project that is need of assistance.  This year, we are proudly partnering with the Benton House to assist them in making improvements critical and needed improvements to the historical building we all love.

"The Benton House is an Irvington treasure, and we are proud to partner with the Benton House Board in ensuring its future by designating Halloween Festival proceeds to its maintenance," said Chris Maroldo, President of the Irvington Community Council.

"We are so thrilled to be named the 2018 Legacy Project," said Lisa Watson, President of the Benton House Association.  "This designation will allow us to make some needed repairs to the Benton House and ensure it stands into a third century.  In particular, we can use these funds to make some needed structural repairs to the tower."

The Legacy Project partnership will begin on Saturday, April 28th, with the kickoff of Beastside Brewfest, held at Our Lady of Lourdes church from 7-11pm.  The event will feature music, nine breweries, and a food truck.  Tickets can be purchased here.

About the Benton House

Built in 1873, on a beautifully wooded lot, The Benton House is a charming example of the Second Empire style of architecture.  For twenty years, it was the home of Allen R. Benton, twice president of Butler University in Irvington. This ten-room brick house has fine woodwork and oak floors and was restored and furnished as a cultural, historical, social and civic center for community use.

The Benton House is maintained through the volunteer support of The Benton House Association under the administration of the Irvington Historic Landmarks Foundation.  More information can be found at their website

About the Irvington Halloween Festival

For 72 years, the Irvington Halloween Festival has brought tens of thousands of residents, neighborhood organizations, and business to a fun-filled celebration of our heritage and community.  Organized by the Irvington Community Council, a 501(c)3 organization that provides a voice to Irvington, the festival and its associated events are designed to bring awareness to the community, to bring commerce to local businesses and sponsors, and to provide fun for the children and adults of Irvington and Indianapolis.  The celebration is a week of events including a 5k run, bike rides, musicians, contests, storytelling, ghost tours, a masquerade ball, puppet shows, and a massive costumed street fair.  More information on this year's festival can be found soon at

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